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    Franklin Leonard

    Founder & CEO, The Black List

    Franklin Leonard is the founder of The Black List, the yearly publication highlighting Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays, as well as the company of the same name that was birthed to continue The Black List's mission of identifying and celebrating great screenwriting. More than 300 Black List scripts have been produced as feature films, earning more than 250 Academy Award nominations and 50 wins—including four of the last nine Best Pictures and half of the screenwriting Oscars awarded this decade.

    Franklin has worked in development at Universal Pictures as well as the production companies of Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella. He's been named one of Hollywood Reporter’s “35 Under 35,” Black Enterprise magazine’s “40 Emerging Leaders for Our Future” and Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” He's been a juror at the Sundance, Toronto and Guanajuato Film Festivals and a judge for the PEN Center Literary Awards. In 2015, he was awarded the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)’s Special Achievement Award for career excellence.

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